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- Publisher: NYU Press; Reprint edition (June 21, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 21, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0171WAF5Y
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The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens (Families, Law, and Society Book 11) Kindle Edition
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"A law professor at the University of Baltimore who has represented Maryland victims of such schemes, Hatcher presents a distressing picture of how states routinely defraud taxpayers of millions of federal dollars." (Boston Review)
"In the tradition of great muckraking, Hatcher has exposed how states and localities have misdirected and misused public funds envisioned to benefit the most vulnerable among us. . . . Should be required reading for lawmakers and public officials, to remind them of their legal and moral responsibilities and to inspire them to stop these disturbing practices and direct these crucial resources to their rightful recipients." (Jane M. Spinak, Edward Ross Aranow Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia University)
""Poverty is here painted as an industry that, like the defense industry, has an iron triangle. As explored by Hatcher, it depicts revenue maximization services and contingency fees that decrease the funds from the federal government that go to helping children and the poor." (Library Journal)
"Everyone today is skeptical of charitable organizations that spend too little of their money on charity. After reading this book, Americans are sure to become just as skeptical when state and local governments spend federal tax dollars. Hatchers tour-de-force spells out how federal government spending on services for the poor are being wasted. . . . No one who reads this book will ever feel the same about fiscal federalism. . . . Hatcher shows that a shocking amount of money is going to profit private businesses. Even worse, these businesses are teaching state and local governments how to scam the feds by taking money for one purpose and misusing it to help fill a hole in the state budget outside of the purposes for which the money is being given. An extremely important book." (Martin Guggenheim, Fiorello LaGuardia Professor of Clinical Law, New York University)
"Daniel Hatcher meticulously explains the impact of deregulated privatisation on America's already residual care services." (Times Higher Education)
"In this meticulously researched book Hatcher, who has represented vulnerable people in court for years, including children in foster care, lifts the lid on a system that rather than helping the needy, systematically turns them into 'a source of revenue'." (The Guardian,Mary O'Hara)
"[An] important book...Hatcher has done a great public service by shining a light on these massive distortions." (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
"Hatcher provides beautiful examples of unintended consequences of government policies: states rip off the federal government because the federal government has unwittingly incentivized the states to do exactly that." (Choice)
"Hatcher exposes an urgent paradox at the heart of American governance: why, and how, are states and localities teaming up with corporations to squeeze profits from societys poorest? The Poverty Industry breaks fresh ground. Every American who cares about the intersection of private profits and public justice should read this book, and wrestle with its arguments. Hatcher marshals years of legal experience and research towards fulfilling the muckrakers calling: 'to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.' But he also goes a step further. In The Poverty Industry, he combines a practitioners depth with a journalists flair for storytelling, to generate the first complete account of a little-known phenomenon that should be of interest to every reader with a conscience." (Sarah Stillman, staff writer for The New Yorker)
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The author’s research and understanding are clearly deep and thorough, but this is not a PhD thesis where you have to show all your work; and even then I can’t say I’d have ever read a PhD thesis so “rambling”.
The book should be brought down to a third if not a quarter of its current volume. Arguments and points should be made concisely and examples brought in to underline the arguments and not be repeated at length three or more times within a short chapter. Have someone write a succinct edition of this book and then make it mandatory reading. I think American society deserves to know what’s going on with their poor and vulnerable.
For a text that is about human exploitation and suffering, it is not a very human or engaging read. It remains so long in the general and hypothetical and avoids examples of companies, exploiters and the exploited. Maybe that’s what it is supposed to be, in that case it’s not the text for me.
Also, due to research needs and census data, much of the exploration (by now in 2020) is 16-20 years old. I bought be book after seeing The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. The author was very engaging in the heartbreaking documentary.
Bottom line: everyone needs to know about this, but it needs more concision, more humanity, more connection.